Category Archives: Uncategorized

And Then There Were None

And Then There Were None Agatha Christie Harper Collins Publishers, New York, NY, 2011 Mystery genre, one of Agatha Christie’s most popular books Brief Synopsis The main characters in the plot are ten people who are invited to a week long vacation on a private island. They don’t know each other and they all received […]
Read More »

Agatha Christies Personal Mystery

During her career, Agatha wrote and published her novels in a timely manner but when tasked with writing her autobiography it took 15 years to write and it was published after her death. Even in her autobiography, she maintained her privacy and withheld the details related to her disappearance. In her autobiography Agatha refused to […]
Read More »

Movie Review: Murder Mystery 2019

Police officer Nick Spitz and his wife Audrey take a trip to Italy for their 15th wedding anniversary. During their flight, they meet Charles Cavendish, who invites them to spend a weekend in Monaco on his family yacht. The guests on board the yacht include Tobey, Suzi Nakamara, Grace Ballard, Colonel Ulenga, Sergei Radjenko, Maharajah […]
Read More »

Dublin Murders: One at A Time, Please!

In her 1999 autobiographical diary, Time to Be in Earnest, mystery legend P.D. James describes a disagreement with Ecosse Films over the portrayal of P.I. Cordelia Gray, first introduced in James’ 1972 novel, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman. James writes of her experience: “The moral here is never let go of the rights to […]
Read More »

Hard-Boiled Heroines: Phryne Fisher in Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

Phryne Fisher, the main character in the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mystery Series, based on Kerry Greenwood’s novels, is the epitome of the female hard-boiled detective. Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis), is a Post-World War 1 detective and socialite with a penchant for solving mysteries. Although she originally gets into the detective business to discover and avenge […]
Read More »

Film Review (Kind of): “Cats Are Poor Dumb Things”

Image from Best Buy The Postman Always Rings Twice is a film starring Lana Turner and John Garfield and was released in 1946. We are once again exposed to the gritty underbelly of the city of Los Angeles. The two protagonists are dreamers desperately clinging to lives they think they deserve, and ultimately become embroiled […]
Read More »

A Film Review: Knives Out (2019)

Knives Out is a mystery film released in September 2019 by Lionsgate Films, directed by Rian Johnson, produced by Ram Bergman, and starring Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, Chris Evans, and Christopher Plummer. Synopsis: A wealthy, mystery fiction writer, Harlan Thrombey, is found dead in his study the night after his 85th birthday celebration, which […]
Read More »

Book Review: “States of Grace” by Mandy Miller (2021)

            “States of Grace” by Mandy Miller is the author’s debut novel.  In full disclosure, the author is one of my dearest friends, but I’ve attempted to eliminate all bias from this review.  Luckily this was not difficult because the novel is a delicious romp through the strangeness of the Fort Lauderdale, Florida’s criminal and judicial landscape.  “States of […]
Read More »

Book Review: The Likeness by Tana French (2008)

Warning: Contains Spoilers At its best The Likeness by Tana French is a richly described mystery that offers both suspense and a memorable group of troubled personalities. The five graduate students, who along with Detective Cassie Maddox, are at the center of the story, form a cult-like group while living in Whitethorn, an Edwardian mansion […]
Read More »

Film Review: Double Indemnity (1973)

Billy Wilder’s production of Double Indemnity in 1944 is an acknowledged classic—indeed it sets the standard—of the genre of film noir. Alas, compared to its equally dark and dramatic contemporaries like The Maltese Falcon and Citizen Kane, the first incarnation of Double Indemnity stands in stark contrast to its 1973 spawn by the same name. […]
Read More »